Though their customers generally haven’t heard of the donations yet, Wettencamp hopes that word will get out.
“I’ve made an announcement and posted at a restaurant, and some of the staff have brought theirs in,” she said. “I have two teenage girls. I still have their high school prom dresses, so it’s a great way to get rid of them and know that they’re going to be used rather than just drop them in a collection box.”
If the event is successful, Brunelle hopes The Salvation Army’s approach will go even further and become a fixture of the annual prom season.
Want to donate?
Dresses, jewelry, shoes, purses and other accessories are being accepted through May 1 at The Salvation Army’s Newburyport Corps Community Center, 40 Water St., and at Michael’s Harborside, 1 Tournament Wharf.
Items should be clean and new or gently used.
Local salons and stores that would like to offer style guidance to teens at the May 4 event are welcome to call 978-465-0883.
If you go
What: Prom Spectacular
When: Sunday, May 4, 2 to 5 p.m.
Where: Newburyport Corps Community Center, 40 Water St.
How much: Free